At Barley Barkway First School we follow the National Curriculum that is mapped and planned with a clear process of learning and teaching in mind. It is comprehensive, engaging and creative to ensure progression in learning and offers our pupils a wealth of experiences and new challenges. On these pages you can find the statutory requirements and overview of the curriculum in each year group.
For the core subjects of English and Maths, we follow the National Curriculum but try to link the learning to topic work wherever possible to engage the children fully in their learning. As a Church of England school, we follow the Herts Agreed Syllabus for R.E. which runs independently of our topic work. ICT opportunities are integrated into all subjects.
For the youngest children, a play based curriculum (Early Years Foundation Stage) with lots of practical first hand learning is delivered by experienced practitioners in an environment appropriate to their needs. As the children progress through the school, teaching and learning styles become more formal but wherever possible they are supported in their learning by similar principles.
There are three classes in our school each with two mixed year groups. Each class is staffed by a teacher. In addition, each class receives assistance from experienced Teaching Assistants to support groups of children.
Children of primary age are organised into three key stages as follows: